My husband and I, along with our daughter, are former evangelical Protestants. The last church we were involved with was Evangelical Free Church in America, but over the years we were members of Conference Baptist, Assemblies of God, Southern Baptist, Christian and Missionary Alliance, and the Christian church (Campbellite, hence no capital letters for the name of the church). It is very common for evangelical Protestants to belong to several different churches and denominations during their lives, especially if they move a lot.
We see two groups of Protestant converts to Catholicism:
Evangelicals who have faithfully sought God’s will through His Word and prayed to know Jesus–God answers that prayer by leading them to the Catholic Church! Many evangelicals recognize that the Catholic Church is the Church described in the Bible, and “get” the connection between the Catholic Church and the Old Testament. Since they already know Jesus and have promised to follow Him, they obey when the Holy Spirit tells them to become Catholic.
Mainline Protestants (Lutheran, Methodist, Episcopalian, Presbyterian, etc–the “old” churches) who become disgusted with the theologically and socially liberal teachings in their denominations. These Mainline Christians are used to a liturgical worship service and therefore don’t see Catholicism as “strange,” but rather, are pleased to convert in order to get the correct Christian teachings.
In addition, we see several groups among evangelical Protestant converts:
a) Those who become interested in “the early Church” and begin a study of Acts, the writings of the early Church fathers, church history, etc., and through doing this, recognize that the Catholic Church IS the Church that Jesus Christ established on this earth.
b) Those who were hurt in some way in their evangelical Protestant church or fellowship (this is the group that my husband and I fit into).
c) Those who grew tired of church hopping and the constant variety of worship service “experiences” and longed for constancy. Some of these people dislike the “Praise and Worship” times that are becoming standard procedure in Protestant worship services, and seek out churches that still do traditional hymns; Many of the Mainline Protestant churches still offer a “traditional” worship service, but for evangelical Protestants, the liberal teachings of these Mainline churches put them on the “don’t” list.
d) Those who are working in various conservative causes, especially pro-life, and come to recognize that the Catholic Church has always taught the truth about these issues.
No matter which group the evangelical Protestants come from, they all come to realize that the Bible teaches Catholicism. This is key for evangelical Protestants–if it’s not in the Bible, they won’t follow it! Remember that, everyone, when you talk to evangelical Protestants, and be prepared!